Jadon Sancho grabbed a goal and an assist as Borussia Dortmund narrowly avoided a shock defeat against Koln.
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Dortmund dominated possession in the early stages of the match, Axel Witsel dictating play and adding impetus to the midfield. However, it was their hosts who nearly took the lead on 15-minutes, but a devilish ball across the box was marginally out of reach for the stretching Anthony Modeste.
Jadon Sancho had been looking like anything other than a player worth £190,000-a-week. He soon showed everyone why his employers gave him that enormous wage increase, nabbing the equaliser with a fierce left-footed eff
Koln kept their heads up, but a late double blow sunk them. Hakimi met a wonderful Lukasz Piszczek cross to hand his side the advantage, before a last-minute counter-attack was rounded off by Alcacer.
Here's 90min's review of the game.
Key Talking Point
Dortmund may have been electric in their 5-1 victory over Augsburg in their Bundesliga season opener - as well as the 2-0 defeat of Bayern Munich a week prior - but they looked shell-shocked for the majority of the game as a physical Koln outfit battled hard.
The squad's mindset came into question following their title collapse at the back end of the 2018/19 campaign and it seems they are still vulnerable. When the pressure is on, the Yellow and Blacks have a tendency to go off the boil.
Sure, the new boys were aggressive and the atmosphere inside the
Starting XI: Burki (6); Piszczek (6), Akanji (4), Hummels (6), Schulz (4); Witsel (8*), Weigl (5); Sancho (6), Reus (5), Hazard (5); Alcacer (5).
Substitutes: Brandt (7), Hakimi (6), Larsen (5).
STAR MAN - Axel Witsel
As those around him wilted in the heat of battle, Witsel remained composed from first minute to last. Whether it be his silky range of passing, ceaseless running or neat footwork in tight areas, the Belgian was a cut above his teammates on Friday night.
Perhaps it is no surprise that two of the older heads in the Dortmund lineup - Witsel and Mats Hummels - were the ones to lead the fightback. The pair maintained their standards and kept the team within touching distance, which proved vital as last year's runners-up eventually got a fortuitous victory.
One Goal ⚽️— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) August 23, 2019
One Assist ️
One Love pic.twitter.com/QUV4ST1W57
Akanji giving away another corner. Because why not. #KOEBVB— Stefan Buczko (@StefanBuczko) August 23, 2019
Sanchoooooo!— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 23, 2019
Super Cup ⚽️
First league game ⚽️
Second league game ⚽️
The Dortmund forward's red-hot streak in front of goal continues pic.twitter.com/DhbqOfSzxR
Starting XI: Horn (8); Ehizibue (7), Bornauw (5), Czichos (5), Hector (6); Schindler (5), Verstraete (7), Shkiri (6), Drexler (6); Modeste (8*), Cordoba (7).
Substitutes: Terodde (6), Higer (4), Kainz (5).
Köln 1-0 Dortmund HT - one team is playing like they’ve been tipped by a lot of people to be champions...and it’s Köln. The noise they make after goals here... pic.twitter.com/QUSi6pOcCF— Archie Rhind-Tutt (@archiert1) August 23, 2019
My boy Akanji getting bullied by Cordoba #fckbvb— Amüsieren mit Jabbelinho (@JabbadieNutte) August 23, 2019
Up next for Koln are Freiburg, who finished 13th in the Bundesliga last term.